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Jim and Julie Sisk co-anchor our full morning coverage on "Good Morning Quad Cities" and the one-hour midday broadcast, "News 8 at 11".

Jim, Julie, and meteorologist James Zahara have been together on "Good Morning Quad Cities" since 2006.

Before coming to mornings, Jim was the anchor and producer of "News 8 at 6:30" and a reporter for "News 8 at 10". He's also anchored the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, the weekend broadcasts, and was a reporter on the streets when he joined the WQAD News 8 team in 1995.

Jim is also the host of "The Cities", a weekly half-hour public affairs program seen on WQPT-TV, the Quad Cities PBS station.

Before coming to the Quad Cities, Jim worked at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan as an anchor and reporter for six years. Prior to that, Jim was an anchor and reporter for seven years at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

He got his start in radio in 1978 at WFON-FM in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He later joined WAXX/WAYY Radio Stations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where he would start as an overnight Country music announcer before working in the station's radio news department as a reporter and anchor.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Journalism. He's received numerous reporting awards from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. His long-form reporting earned him first place awards with the Iowa Associated Press, the Iowa Broadcast News Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Jim has been president of the Iowa Broadcast News Association ( and is a past president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association (, an organization serving broadcast journalists in six Midwestern states.

Recent Articles
  • Kassewitz: Markets Spiked from Elections, Now What?

    Wall Street reached record heights last week, thanks in part to the nationwide elections that brought Republican control of the U.S. Senate. Our investment adviser, Phil Kassewitz, says those election returns are now factored into the markets and Wall Street will be looking at other factors this week.  Friday’s improving employment numbers also had a positive impact. Among the factors this week: new unemployment filing numbers and more corporate earnings reports. Kassewitz appeared live on “Good Morning Quad Cities”.

  • Congressman Evans, photo from Esterdahl

    Former Illinois 17th District Congressman Lane Evans Dies

    Former Quad City Congressman Lane Evans died late Wednesday, November 5, 2014, after a long fight with Parkinson’s disease. Evans’ guardian, Mike Malmstrom, confirms the longtime Illinois Congressman died at 10:15 p.m. at the Hope Creek Nursing home in East Moline.  He was 63. Evans stepped down from Congress in 2006 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He was first elected in 1982. Related:  Watch:  TV ads from Lane Evans’ early campaigns Malmstrom said funeral and memorial services were still being planned […]

  • GMQC Anchors Launch Nasty Facebook Challenge

    Facebook is a place where friends meet, except on “Good Morning Quad Cities”. Jim Mertens and Julie Sisk have launched a scorched earth campaign to get people to become “friends” and gain “likes” on their new company Facebook pages. But their new campaigns may be new lows.  Watch the video above and decide yourself. And check out WQAD Julie Sisk and WQAD Jim Mertens on The Facebook to leave your comments.

  • KASSEWITZ: Election Will Impact Your Investments

    Wall Street hit record highs to close out October, but the first week of November may be a waiting game. Investors will be waiting for the nationwide election results, particularly the U.S. Senate race in Iowa and elsewhere which could determine if Republicans win control of the upper House. Investment adviser Phil Kassewitz says Wall Street actually likes gridlock and prefers divided government. He spoke to us live on “Good Morning Quad Cities”.

  • DEEP SLEEP: How CPAP helps with sleep apnea

    If you suffer from it, treatment for sleep apnea can make a big difference in your life.

  • New Anchors Join Halloween “Good Morning Quad Cities” Team

    The Halloween edition of “Good Morning Quad Cities” got a visit from two creatures apparently auditioning for an on-air role. Have a fun and safe Halloween holiday from everyone on News 8’s “Good Morning Quad Cities”.

  • DEEP SLEEP: How sleep apnea can create troubles behind the wheel

    Experts say sleepy drivers account for nearly as many wrecks and near-misses as people driving under the influence of alcohol.

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    DEEP SLEEP: News 8’s Jim Mertens Deals with Sleep Apnea

    It can happen to anyone, and there's no denying it: I have sleep apnea.

  • Chef Scott: Tenderloin and Avocado Quiche

    Chef Scott says you can make pork tenderloins at home and add a unique side dish at a fraction of the cost.

  • Chef Scott: Shrimp and Sausage Grits

    Chef Brad Scott says you don’t have to live in New Orleans to get good Mardi Gras food. “We’ve got a very easy dish,” says Chef Scott, director of Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program. “You know I like my one pan cooking.” 1. Add 3 tbsp of Chef’s butter (a 50/50 mixture of butter and margarine) to a hot pan 2. Add 1/2 lb of spicy endue sausage that’s been cut into small squares 3. Add […]

  • Quad City Gas Prices Lowest in Iowa

    Gas prices continued to plunge over the past week with the AAA saying the average price at the pump in the Iowa Quad Cities is $2.95 a gallon as on Tuesday morning, October 14. It’s a six cent drop from a week ago and a 27-cent drop from a month ago. It’s the lowest among the five metropolitan areas in Iowa. Cedar Rapids $2.96 a gallon average Sioux City: $2.99 a gallon average Waterloo-Cedar Falls: $3.02 a gallon average Des […]

  • Pilot Dies After Plane Crashes in Dubuque

    The pilot of a small plane died after he tried to make a second attempt at landing at the Dubuque Municipal airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says the crash occurred around 11 p.m. Monday, October 13 about a mile north of the airport. The single engine Piper PA-46 took off from an airport in Ankeny, Iowa about an hour earlier.   Investigators say the plane crashed after missing its initial approach at the Dubuque Municipal Airport on the city’s south side. […]


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